Katrina Logan, 20 years old
One of my biggest takeaways while exploring Western Europe for six months was a conversation I had with an Austrian couple. Within a few minutes of meeting in an Irish pub, the lady of the couple asked, "So, is dating a construct of Hollywood? Do Americans really go on What is a 'date', exactly? I learned a lot while in Ireland and France, Belgium about romance and relationships, and you can read all about my adventures elsewhere see: What struck me the most was that there isn't a word in many languages for what North Americans call "dating", and that, in fact, few cultures around the world actually "date". So what does it mean, to date?
The phrase is extremely common, and so is the grey area that tends to follow it around. You are actively getting out there and meeting people and spending time with them. You can meant to be dating yourself settling down or at least entertain the idea with the person or persons you see regularly. Basically, dating comes down to intention.
The one type of question that keeps women awake in the middle of the night the most is: Are we really meant to be together? Are we going to be together forever? Are we soul mates destined for eternal love? Or is he going to break my heart? Why is it so hard to answer?
More about meant to be dating:
As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of pseudo-relationships you can be in that aren't real, bonafide relationships: You're either " hooking up " casual booty calls, probably not going anywhere or you're "dating" going on dates, getting to know each other, hopefully going somewhere. I would say my boyfriend and I were "dating" long before we were in a relationship. I thought it was pretty self-explanatory: The other day, my friends and I were talking read: I tried to say they were "dating. What do you say if someone asks if you've been "dating" that guy you've been with the past couple of months?! What are you agreeing to when someone asks if you want to "date" them?! For the greater good of humanity, I decided to ask one simple question: